6 Days Chin State / Mt. Victoria

starting from $1420

Mt. Victoria: 10,200 ft., locally known as Khon Nu Son in Chin, is situated in a designated national park and also called Nat Ma Taung, meaning “the mother of spirits". With the core area of 260 sq. miles situated in the Southern Chin hills, it is the southernmost outpost of the Himalaya that is of volcanic origin. This region is generally isolated and possesses about 160 species of birds, including 4 endemic birds of Myanmar, for instance the white-browed nuthatch. There are also many species of plants and rare flowers found on its summit that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Due to its isolation, the Southern Chin state maintains the unique Chin tribal life, in which most of the women are heavily tattooed on their faces and wear traditional costumes in everyday life.


Type of trip:
Individual tour
starting from $1420 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability: October till April
Start of the trip: Daily
Difficulty: moderate
  • 1 night including breakfast at Hotel Mindat (standard)
  • 1 night including breakfast at Floral Breeze Hotel (deluxe)
  • 3 nights in local houses or tents
  • Full board as mentioned in our itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Pajero, Surf, Landcruiser from/to Bagan
  • Entrance fees for the national park
  • Porter fees for the 2 days from Mindet to Kanpelet
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Visa fees
  • Domestic flights to/from Bagan
  • Supplements and compulsory dinners for Christmas & New Year
  • Lunches and dinners not included in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Early check-in/late check-out
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
  • Hotel baggage handling fees

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Early morning drive via Pakokku to Mindat (approx. 8 hrs drive). The country side is dry and flat and there are many sand streams to cross. At Pauk Township stop for lunch at Shwe Aye Ka Yee Restaurant. After Pauk the country side is getting more and more green and hilly and before you reach the Chin Hills you can also see rice fields vegetable cultivation's. The Amay Ye Yin Nat shrine marks the beginning of the Chin State. Take a coffee break at Kyauk Htu village before the road goes steep up the Chin Hills to Mindat, a former British hill station of the southern Chine State. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Hotel Mindat.

Day 02 MINDAT – KYARDO (approx. 6 hours) (B, L, D)

You have an easy morning before trekking to Loat Pe, where you can discover holy wooden poles and stone tombs. After a lunch stop, you continue on to Kyardo, which lies on the hill side of the valley of the mountain range. Kyardo is situated in a steep sided valley and gets very little light, but it is very near a rich source of precious metals, including gold, which is mostly sourced from the nearby river. The river is also a superb spot for grabbing an ice-cold bath, which most of the group usually indulge in. Here, you can observe everyday life among the Chin, including women with facial tattoos wearing traditional costumes. The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at a local home.

Day 03 KYARDO – AYE (approx. 5 hours) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you retrace the 1st 10 minutes back to the creek bed. From there, it’s a steep and sometimes muddy and difficult path which eases after an hour of climbing. For the next 3 hours, there’s a much better path, with the valley now opening up on the left to much broader views of the plains to the north and east. After lunch, it’s an hour’s steep hike through heavily forested route, during which it is difficult finding the path in some places. The second hour takes you onto a much better jeep track, which leads to a hotel that is currently being built and is owned by one of the local personages. We stay in a couple of the finished rooms of the hotel, which offers an opportunity for people to recharge their camera batteries.

Day 04 AYE – CAMP RANCHI (approx. 5 hours) (B, L, D)

Breakfast first, then a trek to Ranchi camp (8 miles, approx. 5 hours), located at the bottom of Mt. Victoria. The trek takes you through the terrain of a park, amongst great oaks and laurels which later turn into rhododendron bushes. This beautiful park covers a large area, including dense jungle, pine trees at the higher levels and oak trees. The national park is an area of great biodiversity, with many rare species of flora and fauna. The trek goes along the most famous birding area in Myanmar, with a scenic valley running through pine trees. Lunch on the trail, with dinner and an overnight stay at the camp.

Day 05 RANCHI CAMP – MT. VICTORIA SUMMIT – 10 ½ MILE – KANPELET (approx. 7 hours) (B, L, D)

Breakfast and trek to Mt. Victoria summit (5 mile, approx. 3 hour). You will have a challenging trail for the first hour, as the path is quite steep, but once you reach a mule trail, it gets easier and you approach the peak. There, you can relax for some time and enjoy lunch. Later, you trek downhill along an easy mule trek to the 10½ Mile camp (approx. 2 hours) where the jeeps are waiting. Here, you bid farewell to the crew, as most of them will not continue along after the trek has ended here. After a one-hour drive on a bumpy road, you arrive at Floral Breeze Hotel.

Mt. Victoria offers superb views of the surrounding area from the top. Birders can observe the rare species of birds, just as botanists can explore fascinating species of trees and plants – some of which may be native only to this region. If you’re neither a birder nor a botanist, then simply enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the entire park from a hilltop.


It is a long 7 hours drive to Bagan. The steep road goes first down to Saw an interesting town in a green valley. From here the rood goes up and down through deep forest and later on it’s getting more and more dry. On the way stop for lunch at Kan Zun Ma village. From here it takes another 2 hours drive to Seik Phyu from where you can cross the Ayeyarwady River over a bridge. Overnight in Bagan.


01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21
1 person
2 people
3 people
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Single supplement

Supplement for German speaking guide: US$ 422 per group

Supplement for Italian- or Spanish speaking guide: US$ 344 per group


Baggage: We provide a duffel bag for your personal gear, which will be carried by your porter. You should pack what you may need for the trek depending on the length of the trek. Personal belongings not required for the trek may be left in the car. You may wish to pack items in an inner plastic bag, since the duffel bags are not waterproof.

Daypack: Your daypack should be medium-volume and able to hold your personal belongings such as medications, camera, extra clothes and drinking water, etc.

Water bottle: We initially provide two water bottles for each guest. We suggest you carry one in your daypack. Your porter will carry the other.

Clothing & footwear: We recommend bringing one pair of lightweight hiking boots, a couple of t-shirts, one pair of trousers for evenings, shorts or skirts, two pairs of thick socks, one long-sleeve shirt, one sweatshirt or fleece jacket and one good quality raincoat.

Personal items: We recommend bringing items such as a flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets, a pocketknife and reading and writing materials; these things are essential. A personal first-aid kit is also essential for your convenience.

Insects: For the most part, the jungle is free of biting insects, but we do encounter some insects in the lowlands such as sand flies around the river banks and leeches in the lowland bushes. It's important to use insect repellent to keep them away.

(Mindat) Room comes with attached bathroom. Hot shower available from 6:30 am to 8:00 am and 5:30 pm to 7 pm. With 24-hour electricity from a solar unit and Wi-Fi on request.
(Kanpelet) Room comes with attached bathroom. Hot shower & electricity are available while the generator is running.
(Aye village) A designated village house offers dormitory-style accommodation, but provides a Western toilet facility and hot water.
(During trek) Nights will be spent at local homes or in tents. Bedding such as a mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided. The toilet will be clean but of the local squat type. A limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face washing in the morning on request.

Meals: Breakfast is usually served around 7 or 8 am; lunch is usually simple, light and served at mid-day whereas dinners are more extensive and usually at local restaurants, guesthouses or local homes. Clients with special dietary requirements must inform us of these at the time of booking.

Guide: Unless an alternative arrangement has been made in advance, we provide an English-speaking guide.

Trekking hours: All our treks are designed to include 4 to 6 walking hours per day. Your day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning, followed by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well before nightfall in time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Flora and fauna: This region generally isolated and is home to many species of birds and plants. Some rare flowers can be found on Mt. Victoria’s summit that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Mt. Victoria offers a great opportunity for bird-watching. One can come across several species of birds in lowland tanbark forests through the high elevation up to the summit. Due to its isolation, the southern region of Chin State has retained its unique Chin tribal culture. The Chin are of Tibeto-Burmese descent and live in the hills of Chin State bordering Bangladesh and India. As hill people, they have been isolated and to this day little is known of their animistic culture. The women of the Chin tribes have various patterns tattooed on their faces and wear beautiful amber necklaces.

Fitness: This trek is classified as "Moderate" and is thus suitable for most trekkers, as it involves relatively short days on paths and trails. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips involve a certain amount of ascending and descending and the occasional challenging day. During your expedition, you will be under the direction of your trip leader; he or she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate. You may also be asked to sign a waiver form.

Temperature: Our season is between October and April, when there are mostly clear skies, warm days and cool evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease between late December and early February. The average temperature is between a low of 4-10 degrees and high of 20-30 degrees Celsius.

Medical & travel insurance: As a precondition of booking, it is compulsory for all clients to have prior medical insurance which must cover emergency evacuation. In addition to this, you need comprehensive personal insurance which should cover flight cancellations and other events due to unforeseen circumstances.

Emergency evacuation: In the event of an emergency, you will be taken to Bagan and given further medical care. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers such unlikely eventualities.

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